Reflection: The British historian, Arnold Toynbee, researched the rise and fall of the world’s civilisations. He concluded that civilisations do not end because they are attacked from outside; rather, they commit cultural suicide and rot from the inside when they lose faith in the things they were once certain of.
Many today see society entering such a dark age. Civility is being trashed and people have lost faith in being able to find truth. Truth is simply what “works for you.” Society is fracturing into tribes that take offence and scream at each other.
Jesus comes into this darkness and shines the light of truth. It is such a relief. Right at the start of John’s Gospel, Jesus is described as being the “light” that has come into the world (John 1:4-9). So when Jesus says later, “I am the light of the world,” he was confirming that truth—a truth that has big consequences for you.
I invite you to open yourself up to the light of Jesus so that it shines out from you to bless others.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I sometimes feel the darkness of this world threatening to overwhelm me. Its cruelty and pursuit of mindless pleasure is hurtful beyond measure. Please come to me with the light of your presence and show me the way. Amen.